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Snow day

A snow day brings changes in ordinary routines. Some are welcome; just ask a kid who hadn’t quite finished his homework. Some not so much; ask the kid’s mother. (It’s sometimes overlooked that schools have a duty to provide child care.) Here’s a snow-day change that I liked a lot: I ...

Meeting with Stefanik, a critique

Elise Stefanik, the Republican congresswoman who represents the Adirondack North Country of upper New York, a rural area covering close to one-third of the state, is averse to holding town hall meetings in her district. In fact, she has broadcast questionable reports that her staff members ...

Renovate rather than demolish

A crying shame is what best describes it. The recent articles for the proposed demolition of the Guild Building (With Pipe and Book) by Northwood School is just that … a crying shame. We learned of this after Northwood School has been working on this building for over a year and received ...

Interference with traffic devices is illegal

In early March, an article in the Malone Telegram reported that several traffic signs have been disappearing from roads in the town of Chateaugay. Town highway Superintendent Roger LaBombard allegedly reported to the town board that several stop signs were missing, apparently removed by ...

Waiting for spring to appear

Over the course of the past week, I’ve enjoyed a few days skating on the local lakes and ponds which were recently resurfaced by another cycle of thaw-rain-refreeze. I also had an opportunity to enjoy a few days of skiing in the backcountry, where the deep woods offered shelter from last ...

Saranac Lake police blotter notes from 1941

Back by popular demand! The following entries, as always, have the names changed to protect the guilty. Otherwise the entries by the police officers are verbatim. Some officer’s handwriting is great, some not so great … so much so that I have to skip items that look like good stuff but too ...

Saranac Lake police blotter notes from 1941

Back by popular demand! The following entries, as always, have the names changed to protect the guilty. Otherwise the entries by the police officers are verbatim. Some officer’s handwriting is great, some not so great … so much so that I have to skip items that look like good stuff but too ...

Snow jobs

Until the emergence of science and the scientific method, a fact was what the authorities said it was. If the chief Aztec said the best way to guarantee a corn surplus was to eviscerate a couple hundred slaves, so be it. If medieval kings had all the wealth and power, it was ...

Vote no on Ryan health plan, Rep. Stefanik

Our fine congresswoman should vote NO on the House bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Stefanik is a smart and rising star in the Republican Party, and I am hoping she is smart enough to see that the currently proposed bill, as advocated by Speaker Ryan, is a dog, ...

Start dialogue by first dropping labels

The whole country, including our town and even our families, seems to be troubled by deep political divides. I note that my family and friends mostly inhabit the same circle, which insulates us from outside opinions; or else we have mutually decided to avoid all discussions which approach the ...

Fake news and finding the truth

“I read it on the internet” isn’t necessarily the same as, “I read it on the internet, so it must be true.” The real truth is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know what’s true and what’s not. We’re flooded with information, which makes it difficult to ...

Traditional fare for St. Patrick’s Day

There are people who would think it isn’t St. Patrick’s Day without corned beef and cabbage. However, this dish originated not in Ireland, but in New York. Certainly, the Irish have celebrated Saint Patty’s Day for thousands of years - but in Ireland it’s a religious feast day, much ...

Maple season is here

While unseasonably warm weather brought a sudden and early end to several winter recreational activities, for many of the region’s maple syrup producers, the warm weather brought an early and rewarding start to the 2017 maple-sugaring season. The overall mild winter weather prompted a number ...

Making the snow stick

As a native of the Adirondack Park in upstate New York — a place known for its skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports — I’m just one of many who live for all things winter, as an avid nordic skier, ice skater and snowshoer. Over the past few years, I’ve seen firsthand the ...

You have to fight for facts

If you can’t trust the government and you won’t trust the media, where can you turn to for accurate information? The answer is public records. If you want to find out whether you’re paying too much for school teachers, don’t take the word of teachers unions or the school board. ...

Astrophotography and the Orion Nebula

Astrophotography is a great way to explore and share the celestial objects viewed through a telescope. Ever since the development of digital camera technology, astrophotography has become much less time consuming compared to film and more accessible to the amateur astronomer. Results are ...

Traffic tickets received out of state

You are traveling out of state and are given a ticket for a traffic violation in another state or province — what happens next and how does it affect your New York state driver’s license? Well, it depends on the violation and where it happens. New York State Department of Motor Vehicles ...

Recaptivating youth interest in outdoors

I spent a majority of the past week skiing through the local woods, where I found snow conditions ranging from bare ground to bulletproof, with a few pockets of crust and dust and just a hint of fresh powder. Although I’d like to get in one last ski trip this season, the current ...

The Adirondack Enterprise — April 9, 1938

Don’t we often hear that nothing really changes. Wars and revolts in the U.S. Congress filled the front page of my 79-year-old copy of The Enterprise. Page One, eight-column headline — “Reorganization Defeat Stuns Democrats” – “Washington, April 9 (AP) – The government ...

The pick of the crop

Apparently there’s a movement afoot to reintroduce cursive writing in public school curricula. Ah, yes, cursive writing. Remember it? I do — especially my struggle to learn it. It was in fourth grade with Miss Reid. Miss Reid was the very picture of a 20th-century ...